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Cars: Leader of the Opposition

Norman Baker: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what car has been made available to the Leader of the Opposition; how many hours a day a chauffeur is available to him; what the monthly cost of this provision was in each of the last 12 months; and how much of that cost was accounted for by (a) the running costs of the vehicle, (b) the costs of the chauffeur and (c) all other costs. [162488]

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Jim Fitzpatrick: The Government Car and Despatch Agency (GCDA) provides a driver to the Leader of the Official Opposition to support him in carrying out his official duties. The costs associated with use for non-official duties are met by the Conservative Party. The hours worked by the driver are determined by the Leader of the Opposition’s day-to-day requirements. The current average monthly contracted cost for providing this service is £4,027 (excl. VAT).

The GCDA does not currently provide a car to the Leader of the Official Opposition. His car is provided [and paid for] by the Conservative Party. A contribution is provided by Government towards the cost of fuel.

Departmental Internet

Mrs. Villiers: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport (1) how many new websites have been published by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies and their subsidiaries since her Department announced its website rationalisation process; [163302]

(2) which websites are run by (a) her Department and (b) each of its agencies, listed by the order in which they went live; [163303]

(3) which websites run by (a) her Department and (b) its executive agencies are live but are no longer updated. [163305]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The website rationalisation exercise, which forms part of the Government's Transformational Government agenda, proposed a moratorium on the creation of new websites. The Department's policy is to adhere to that position.

There are currently 80 sites across the Department, its executive agencies and subsidiaries, 74 of which have been identified for closure. To clarify the exact date on which each of these sites was published and to clarify whether information has been published recently on each of these sites, would require dialogue with each website owner and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Following is a full list of the Department’s and executive agencies’ websites.

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Department/executive agency Website

About Transport Direct(1)


Arrive Alive(1)

Bus Priority Resource Pack(1)

Car Fuel Data(1)



Dartford River Crossing(1)

Department for Transport

DfT Matrix(1)

DPTAC e-community(1)

Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency(1)

Driving Standards Agency(1)


DSA IRDT Instructor Services(1)

DSA Practical test booking(1)

DSA Theory test bookings(1)

DVLA Online(1)

DVLA Personalised Registrations(1)

DVO Group (Driver, Vehicle and Operator Group) e-Community(1)

Electronic Service Delivery of Abnormal Loads (ESDAL)( 1)


Freight best practice(1)

Government Car and Despatch Agency(1)

HA Car Share(1)

HA Environmental Management System (HAEMS)( 1)

No longer planned

HA EU Watch(1)


HA Guide to freight(1)


Halogen demo(1)

Halogen demo(1)

Heavy Goods Vehicle(1)


Highway Code(1)

Highways Agency(1)

ITS Radar(1)

M25 sphere(1)

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

MOT info(1)

Non-executive director job ad(1)

ODS Databank(1)


Pass Plus(1)

Payroll Services e-Community(1)

Primary School Teaching Resource(1)

Property review group (BRBR)( 1)

Realtime Traffic Info(1)

Research Compendium(1)

Research Database(1)

Road Safety Resources database(1)

School Lesson Plans Database(1)

Secondary School Teaching Resource(1)

Standards for Highways(1)

Sustainable School Travel Database(1)

The Academy(1)

The Red Ensign Group

Theory Tests(1)

THINK!( 1)

THINK! Seat belts(1)

Traffic England(1)

Traffic Map(1)

Traffic Officer Recruitment(1)

Traffic radio(1)

Transec (Transport Security) e-Community(1)

Transport Direct

Transport Office(1)

TSS Plans Registry(1)

UK Search and Rescue(1)

UK Ship Register

UTMC: Urban Traffic Management and control(1)


Vehicle Licensing Online(1)

Vehicle Licensing Online ( 1)

Video Information Highway(1)

VOSA Corporate site(1)

Water Freight Grant Environmental Benefit Calculator(1)

WebDAS (Departures from Standards)—Planned(1)

Not yet launched

WebTAG: Transport Analysis Guidance(1)

What if?( 1)

(1) Either closed or identified for closure

Departmental Manpower

Danny Alexander: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many people aged (a) 30 to 39, (b) 40 to 49, (c) 50 to 59 and (d) 60 to 69 years have (i) applied for jobs, (ii) received interviews and (iii) gained (A) temporary and (B) permanent jobs in her Department in 2007. [165107]

Jim Fitzpatrick: The Department does not routinely collate age related data on job applicants and interviewees and this can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows provisional data on people given temporary and permanent jobs in the Department in 2007. These figures exclude DSA and VGA, which can only collate the data as requested at a disproportionate cost.

Age Group Temporary Permanent

30 to 39



40 to 49



50 to 59



60 to 69






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